New play ship sets sail at NMRN Hartlepool!

Mini sailors stormed the new play ship at the National Museum of the Royal Navy as soon as it was launched on Friday 2 August 2019.

Rope ladders were scaled, swings flown high, carousels whizzed round and pirates escaped down slides as the ship set sail for foreign shores. 

Toddlers loved their very own mini sailing ship complete with slides and ladders of their own.  The low-level, inclusive carousel which accommodates wheelchairs was also a big hit.

Emily Wallace (5) from Billingham said: “I liked the big yellow slide because we went very very fast!”.

Sophie Ndiaye (8) from Holmfirth who’s on holiday in Hartlepool, loved the swinging hammocks and Jax (11) from Hartlepool said: “I’m usually too big for play areas but this play ship is brilliant for kids my age too!”
The new play ship is the latest attraction for children to be unveiled at NMRN Hartlepool, the home of HMS Trincomalee, – the oldest warship still afloat in Europe.

As well as exploring all over the fascinating HMS Trincomalee, visitors of all ages can experience the sights and sounds of a recreated 200 year old quayside and enjoy 18th century shops, hands-on exhibitions, café and many other attractions around the dock.

There are additional activities also taking place right through the summer holidays. You can join craft sessions and make your own cutlass or pistol – but be careful who you target – or you might end up walking the plank!  Families can join in a cutlass class and learn the posturing moves with Hartlepool’s very own pirate captain. And you can all explore together in search of buried treasure around the site, find the clues and unlock the treasure for a prize!

If you visit NMRN Hartlepool once and keep your ticket, you can visit free for a whole 12 months – so that’s numerous visits which won’t cost a thing over the summer holidays and all year round!

The new play ship is situated in the main courtyard of the museum area –with beautiful views of the sea and is close to HMS Trincomalee.

It was opened officially by the Regional Royal Navy Commander Commodore Phil Waterhouse, ADC RN who cut a celebratory cake, helped by mini pirates Alice Creevy (4) and Evan Close (6) both from Hartlepool.

Roslyn Adamson, General Manager at NMRN Hartlepool said: “I believe this new play area will be a huge asset to the museum and also to the town. I would like to sincerely thank our generous funders who include the Tees Valley Combined Authority, the Sir James Knott Trust, Catherine Cookson Trust, Red Gap Wind Farm Ltd and all of our visitors who support and contribute to our own charity, The National Museum of the Royal Navy. I would also like to thank Hartlepool Borough Council for their support of the scheme and for their continued enthusiasm and input towards the future development of our Hartlepool site.”


Cllr Shane Moore, Tees Valley Combined Authority Cabinet Lead for Culture & Tourism and Hartlepool Borough Council Leader said: “The NMRN Hartlepool is a massive and much-loved attraction in the town which draws in visitors from Tees Valley and beyond. The Combined Authority is investing well in the region’s culture and tourism assets. On behalf of Hartlepool Borough Council too, I’m delighted that this museum is growing and improving, and we are helping to make that happen.”

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